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Writing BLUE HIGHWAYS Book by ,

Writing BLUE HIGHWAYS Book
  • Author : ,
  • Publisher : University of Missouri Press
  • Release Date : 2014-05-13
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN Code: 0826273254
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Summary: Winner, Distinguished Literary Achievement, Missouri Humanities Council, 2015 The story behind the writing of the best-selling Blue Highways is as fascinating as the epic trip itself. More than thirty years after his 14,000-mile, 38-state journey, William Least Heat-Moon reflects on the four years he spent capturing the lessons of the road trip on paper—the stops and starts in his composition process, the numerous drafts and painstaking revisions, the depressing string of rejections by publishers, the strains on his personal relationships, and many other aspects of the toil that went into writing his first book. Along the way, he traces the hard lessons learned and offers guidance to aspiring and experienced writers alike. Far from being a technical manual, Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happenedis an adventure story of its own, a journey of “exploration into the myriad routes of heart and mind that led to the making of a book from the first sorry and now vanished paragraph to the last words that came not from a graphite pencil but from a letterpress in Tennessee.” Readers will not find a collection of abstract formulations and rules for writing; rather, this book gracefully incorporates examples from Heat-Moon’s own experience. As he explains, “This story might be termed an inadvertent autobiography written not by the traveler who took Ghost Dancing in 1978 over the byroads of America but by a man only listening to him. That blue-roadman hasn’t been seen in more than a third of a century, and over the last many weeks as I sketched in these pages, I’ve regretted his inevitable departure.” Filtered as the struggles of the “blue-roadman” are through the awareness of someone more than thirty years older with a half dozen subsequent books to his credit, the story of how his first book “happened” is all the more resonant for readers who may not themselves be writers but who are interested in the tricky balance of intuitive creation and self-discipline required for any artistic endeavor.

O America Book by William Least Heat-Moon

O America Book
  • Author : William Least Heat-Moon
  • Publisher : University of Missouri Press
  • Release Date : 2020-02-14
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 345
  • ISBN Code: 0826274420
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Summary: As word of the discovery of gold in northern California spreads, an English physician, Nathaniel Trennant, accepts an offer to serve as doctor on a ship carrying immigrants to America. Alongside some two hundred emigres from northern Europe is a contingent of wealthy British people who call themselves not immigrants, but colonists. With this imported cultural divide, Nathaniel begins a long journey into what he terms the American experiment, one already under the stress of social injustices and economic inequities. Trennant arrives in Baltimore and stumbles onto its slave market, where he witnesses the horrors of human bondage. One night in a boardinghouse he discovers under his bed a runaway slave. Disturbed and angered by the selling of human lives, he offers to help the young man escape, a criminal action that will put the slave and physician into flight from both the law and opportunistic slave hunters. Traveling by foot, horse, stage, canal boat, and steamer, the two men gradually form a bond as they explore the backcountry and forge a deep friendship as they encounter the land and a host of memorable characters who reveal the nature of the American experiment.

Blue Highways Book by William Least Heat-Moon

Blue Highways Book
  • Author : William Least Heat-Moon
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2012-04-03
  • Category: Travel
  • Pages : 420
  • ISBN Code: 0316218545
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Summary: Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

Writing BLUE HIGHWAYS Book by William Least Heat-Moon

Writing BLUE HIGHWAYS Book
  • Author : William Least Heat-Moon
  • Publisher : University of Missouri Press
  • Release Date : 2014-05-13
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN Code: 0826273254
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Summary: Winner, Distinguished Literary Achievement, Missouri Humanities Council, 2015 The story behind the writing of the best-selling Blue Highways is as fascinating as the epic trip itself. More than thirty years after his 14,000-mile, 38-state journey, William Least Heat-Moon reflects on the four years he spent capturing the lessons of the road trip on paper—the stops and starts in his composition process, the numerous drafts and painstaking revisions, the depressing string of rejections by publishers, the strains on his personal relationships, and many other aspects of the toil that went into writing his first book. Along the way, he traces the hard lessons learned and offers guidance to aspiring and experienced writers alike. Far from being a technical manual, Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happenedis an adventure story of its own, a journey of “exploration into the myriad routes of heart and mind that led to the making of a book from the first sorry and now vanished paragraph to the last words that came not from a graphite pencil but from a letterpress in Tennessee.” Readers will not find a collection of abstract formulations and rules for writing; rather, this book gracefully incorporates examples from Heat-Moon’s own experience. As he explains, “This story might be termed an inadvertent autobiography written not by the traveler who took Ghost Dancing in 1978 over the byroads of America but by a man only listening to him. That blue-roadman hasn’t been seen in more than a third of a century, and over the last many weeks as I sketched in these pages, I’ve regretted his inevitable departure.” Filtered as the struggles of the “blue-roadman” are through the awareness of someone more than thirty years older with a half dozen subsequent books to his credit, the story of how his first book “happened” is all the more resonant for readers who may not themselves be writers but who are interested in the tricky balance of intuitive creation and self-discipline required for any artistic endeavor.

PrairyErth Book by William Least Heat-Moon

PrairyErth Book
  • Author : William Least Heat-Moon
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2014-03-11
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN Code: 0547527470
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Summary: This New York Times bestseller by the author of Blue Highways is “a majestic survey of land and time and people in a single county of the Kansas plains” (Hungry Mind Review). William Least Heat-Moon travels by car and on foot into the core of our continent, focusing on the landscape and history of Chase County—a sparsely populated tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills of central Kansas—exploring its land, plants, animals, and people until this small place feels as large as the universe. Called a “modern-day Walden” by the Chicago Sun-Times, PrairyErth is a journey through a place, through time, and into the human mind from the acclaimed author of Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road. “A sense of the American grain that will give [PrairyErth] a permanent place in the literature of our country.” —Paul Theroux, The New York Times

Here, There, Elsewhere Book by William Least Heat-Moon

Here, There, Elsewhere Book
  • Author : William Least Heat-Moon
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2013-01-08
  • Category: Travel
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN Code: 0316225010
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Summary: From the acclaimed author of Blue Highways, PrairyErth, and Roads to Quoz, a dazzling collection of travel tales from the road. HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE draws together for the first time William Least Heat-Moon's greatest short-form travel writing. Personally selected by the writer, these pieces take us from Japan, England, Italy, and Mexico to Long Island, Oregon, Arizona, from small towns to big cities, ocean shores and inland mysteries. Including Heat-Moon's reflections on writing these pieces, HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE is much more than the usual collection of amber; it is a coupled summation of craft and memory. A perfect treasury of prose and provocation for readers old and new, Heat-Moon's most recent work reveals his absolute mastery across pages many and few.

Original Highways Book by Roy MacGregor

Original Highways Book
  • Author : Roy MacGregor
  • Publisher : Random House Canada
  • Release Date : 2017-11-14
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN Code: 0307361403
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Summary: Expanding on his landmark Globe and Mail series in which he documented his travels down 16 of Canada's great rivers, Roy MacGregor tells the story of our country through the stories of its original highways, and how they sustain our spirit, identity and economy--past, present and future. No country is more blessed with fresh water than Canada. From the mouth of the Fraser River in BC, to the Bow in Alberta, the Red in Manitoba, the Gatineau, the Saint John and the most historic of all Canada's rivers, the St. Lawrence, our beloved chronicler of Canadian life, Roy MacGregor, has paddled, sailed and traversed their lengths, learned their stories and secrets, and the tales of centuries lived on their rapids and riverbanks. He raises lost tales, like that of the Great Tax Revolt of the Gatineau River, and reconsiders histories like that of the Irish would-be settlers who died on Grosse Ile and the incredible resilience of settlers in the Red River Valley. Along the Grand, the Ottawa and others, he meets the successful conservationists behind the resuscitation of polluted wetlands, including even Toronto's Don, the most abused river in Canada (where he witnesses families of mink, returned to play on its banks). Long before our national railroad was built, our rivers held Canada together; in these sixteen portraits, filled with yesterday's adventures and tomorrow's promise, MacGregor weaves together a story of Canada and its ongoing relationship with its most precious resource.

It Still Moves Book by Amanda Petrusich

It Still Moves Book
  • Author : Amanda Petrusich
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2008-08-19
  • Category: Music
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN Code: 9781429957557
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Summary: "Where lies the boundary between meaning and sentiment? Between memory and nostalgia? America and Americana? What is and what was? Does it move?" --Donovon Hohn, A Romance of Rust Part travelogue, part cultural criticism, part music appreciation, It Still Moves does for today's avant folk scene what Greil Marcus did for Dylan and The Basement Tapes. Amanda Petrusich outlines the sounds of the new, weird America—honoring the rich tradition of gospel, bluegrass, country, folk, and rock that feeds it, while simultaneously exploring the American character as personified in all of these genres historically. Through interviews, road stories, geographical and sociological interpretations, and detailed music criticism, Petrusich traces the rise of Americana music from its gospel origins through its new and compelling incarnations (as evidenced in bands and artists from Elvis to Iron and Wine, the Carter Family to Animal Collective, Johnny Cash to Will Oldham) and explores how the genre is adapting to the twenty-first century. Ultimately the book is an examination of all things American: guitars, cars, kids, motion, passion, enterprise, and change, in a fervent attempt to reconcile the American past with the American present, using only dusty records and highway maps as guides.

Roads to Quoz Book by William Least Heat-Moon

Roads to Quoz Book
  • Author : William Least Heat-Moon
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2008-10-29
  • Category: Travel
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN Code: 0316040185
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Summary: About a quarter century ago, a previously unknown writer named William Least Heat-Moon wrote a book called Blue Highways. Acclaimed as a classic, it was a travel book like no other. Quirky, discursive, endlessly curious, Heat-Moon had embarked on an American journey off the beaten path. Sticking to the small places via the small roads -- those colored blue on maps -- he uncovered a nation deep in character, story, and charm. Now, for the first time since Blue Highways, Heat-Moon is back on the backroads. Roads to Quoz is his lyrical, funny, and touching account of a series of American journeys into small-town America.

Miss Rumphius Book by Barbara Cooney

Miss Rumphius Book
  • Author : Barbara Cooney
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1985-11-06
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN Code: 1101654929
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Summary: A beloved classic—written by a beloved Caldecott winner—is lovelier than ever! Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Miss Rumphius received the American Book Award in the year of publication. To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of two-time Caldecott winner Barbara Cooney's best-loved book, the illustrations have been reoriginated, going back to the original art to ensure state-of-the-art reproduction of Cooney's exquisite artwork. The art for Miss Rumphius has a permanent home in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Lost Highway Book by Peter Guralnick

Lost Highway Book
  • Author : Peter Guralnick
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2012-12-20
  • Category: Music
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN Code: 0316206741
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Summary: This masterful explorationof American roots music--country, rockabilly, and the blues--spotlights the artists who created a distinctly American sound, including Ernest Tubb, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and Sleepy LaBeef. In incisive portraits based on searching interviews with these legendary performers, Peter Guralnick captures the boundless passion that drove these men to music-making and that kept them determinedly, and sometimes almost desperately, on the road.

Forgotten Highways Book by Nicky L. Brink,Stephen R. Bown

Forgotten Highways Book
  • Author : Nicky L. Brink,Stephen R. Bown
  • Publisher : Brindle and Glass
  • Release Date : 2011-02-01
  • Category: Travel
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN Code: 1926972066
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Summary: Traversing the historic trails of the Rockies today is done in much the same manner as it was two centuries ago—primarily on foot with heavy packs, with little better defence against mosquitoes or the elements. Although accurate maps are available, and modern technology such as global positioning systems stand as a bulwark to a complete wilderness experience, in many cases it is as difficult and challenging to cross these mountain passes, or even more so, than it was two centuries ago. Routes such as Athabasca Pass are far less travelled today than they were in the golden era of the fur trade. If our society has become so rich that we continually seek out physical and mental challenges in the wilderness—adventure and eco-travel—perhaps it would be a sign of respect to follow at least for a while in the footsteps of those who in many ways paved the way for gernerations to come. We began to form the idea of hiking all the significant historical trails to see what we could learn from the early pathfinders, about the difficulty of wilderness life and travel. What window would be opened to times past in a land where the terrain has remained essentially unchanged? —from the authors' introduction

Rethinking America's Highways Book by Robert W. Poole

Rethinking America's Highways Book
  • Author : Robert W. Poole
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2018-08-03
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 022655760X
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Summary: Americans spend hours every day sitting in traffic. And the roads they idle on are often rough and potholed, their exits, tunnels, guardrails, and bridges in terrible disrepair. According to transportation expert Robert Poole, this congestion and deterioration are outcomes of the way America provides its highways. Our twentieth-century model overly politicizes highway investment decisions, short-changing maintenance and often investing in projects whose costs exceed their benefits. In Rethinking America’s Highways, Poole examines how our current model of state-owned highways came about and why it is failing to satisfy its customers. He argues for a new model that treats highways themselves as public utilities—like electricity, telephones, and water supply. If highways were provided commercially, Poole argues, people would pay for highways based on how much they used, and the companies would issue revenue bonds to invest in facilities people were willing to pay for. Arguing for highway investments to be motivated by economic rather than political factors, this book makes a carefully-reasoned and well-documented case for a new approach to highways that is sure to inform future decisions and policies for U.S. infrastructure.

Secrets of the Heart Book by Madlyn A. Fafard

Secrets of the Heart Book
  • Author : Madlyn A. Fafard
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release Date : 2010-02-23
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 145
  • ISBN Code: 1450042074
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Summary: Touching on miracles all around us, waiting to be noticed, Meggie has premonition of 9/11, a vision at her mother ́s deathbed, and experiences dreams that answered her daughter ́s dying wish, that they would communicate beyond the grave. Truly a story for all of us, bringing tears and joy to all readers, because it is universal in life experience. We all have secrets, don ́t we? You will find yourself in the story line. What would you have done? Music of the time, fills the air, as you dream your own past through the eyes of Meggie. A good book club selection! Great reviews on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. A quick read for an airplane ride, or a stormy night when you want to curl up and get absorbed in memories of love.

Out-Of-The-Way Places Book by John Reynolds

Out-Of-The-Way Places Book
  • Author : John Reynolds
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2008-12-04
  • Category: Travel
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN Code: 9781440107535
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Summary: Two retired Army buddies take to the back roads in a small camper for a 7000-mile road trip through the north-central United States and three Canadian provinces. Along the way they take time to look at polar bears, get to know some fascinating people, explore what they think they have learned about life so far, and re-imagine what their lives could be like in the years ahead..

The Highway Horror Film Book by Bernice M. Murphy

The Highway Horror Film Book
  • Author : Bernice M. Murphy
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2014-03-12
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 113
  • ISBN Code: 1137391200
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Summary: The Highway Horror Film argues that 'Highway Horror' is a hither-to overlooked sub-genre of the American horror movie. In these films, the American landscape is by its very accessibility rendered terrifyingly hostile, and encounters with other travellers almost always have sinister outcomes.

A Bicycle Journey to the Bottom of the Americas Book by George J. Hawkins

A Bicycle Journey to the Bottom of the Americas Book
  • Author : George J. Hawkins
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2000-10-24
  • Category: Travel
  • Pages : 431
  • ISBN Code: 9781469716145
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Summary: Remember when you were a kid and you got your first bicycle? After a few weeks of mastering the dynamics of balancing, steering, and pedaling, all at the same time hopefully, your father released his protective, steadying grip on the seat and you went wobbling off on your own. It was probably your very first taste of independence and freedom and you knew you liked that feeling very much. Few things in life have ever compared to that first solo ride. Almost 40 years after my first solo bike ride, I was able to recapture the excitement and passion of that momentous occasion when I pedaled out of Anchorage, Alaska bound for Tierra del Fuego-the very tip of South America. No matter that it was 17,500 miles distant and would take 3 years to get there I vowed I would achieve that goal if it took the rest of my life.

The Objects of Affection Book by A. Berger

The Objects of Affection Book
  • Author : A. Berger
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2010-07-19
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN Code: 023010990X
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Summary: In this book, pre-eminent semiotician Arthur Asa Berger decodes the meanings of common objects of consumption and their perceived 'sacredness' in consumerist cultures. Using semiotic theory, consumer culture is dissected in new and fascinating ways.

In Her Shoes Book by Madonna Dries Christensen

In Her Shoes Book
  • Author : Madonna Dries Christensen
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2012-07-03
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 9781475928716
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Summary: Madonna Dries Christensens poignant memoir, In Her Shoes, is a superb model for the preservation of personal family memories. Anyone who wishes to record his or her own family history should read this book first. With precise writing and awe-inspiring photos, Madonna has created a cherished keepsake for her immediate family as well as for posterity. As she aptly states in this memorable memoir: We become who we are because of who we were; a culmination of the momentous and the minutiae. E. P. Ned Burke, author of seven novels and editor of Yesterdays Magazette and Writers Magazette This beautiful collection of stories creates, piece-by-loving-piece, the picture of a life well and richly lived. Madonna turns something as small as her first sip of Coca-Cola into a sensual drama and a morality play! After you read the final story, about the death of her beloved mother, youll want to hug your loved ones to you and tell them you love them. Marshall Cook, an emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the author of 30 books. He edits a free online newsletter for writers called Extra Innings (www.dcs.wisc.edu/lsa/writing/extrainnings). This tender and skillful tribute to her mother by Madonna Dries Christensen will certainly be treasured by her extended family for its careful curation of dear family history. The rest of us will enjoy the lively stories and nod in recognition of characters who have their counterparts in our own families. With her thoughtful narration and gallery of old photos, the author hopes to inspire others to record family memories while there is time. Enjoy this collection and start your own! Becky Haigler, editor, Silver Boomer Books, and author of not so GRIMM: gentle fables and cautionary tales.

The Tao of Travel Book by Paul Theroux

The Tao of Travel Book
  • Author : Paul Theroux
  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Release Date : 2011-07-12
  • Category: Travel
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN Code: 0771086210
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Summary: This beautiful collection of travel wisdom is the perfect gift for any Theroux fan, and will equally delight seasoned travelers, young adventurers, and everyone in between. Few have traveled more than Paul Theroux, and fewer have crafted the original, perceptive, and entertaining body of work that he has. The Tao of Travel is a departure for him: it's a gift book, a gorgeously illustrated and pithy distillation of quotes about the pleasures and perils of travel by Theroux himself, as well as many other travel writers he admires, including Dervla Murphy, Graham Greene, and Bruce Chatwin. Inspired by the number of readers who have asked him for his favourite travel book, Theroux has artfully selected over 1000 quotes, both historical and contemporary, giving the reader genuine insight into what underlies the travel urge in humans. Whether it's modes of travel or the art of packing, loneliness or the unexpected kindnesses of strangers, unusual meals in weird places or encountering danger, The Tao of Travel contains a smorgasbord of delights for any travel junkie.